If you’re a fan of horror or mystery novels, you’ll probably enjoy Gothic novels too. Gothic literature can be defined pretty broadly, but this definition from Goodreads summarizes it nicely: “Making its debut in the late 18th-century, Gothic fiction was a branch of the larger Romantic movement that sought to stimulate strong emotions in the reader - fear and apprehension in this case. Gothic fiction places heavy emphasis on atmosphere, using setting and diction to build suspense and a sense of unease in the reader. Common subject matter includes the supernatural, family curses, mystery, and madness.”
Below you’ll find ten recommendations, a mix of classic and modern novels. They'll be waiting for you in the library!
FRANKENSTEIN BY MARY SHELLEY: "Presents the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his obsessive experiment that leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature."
NIGHT FILM BY MARISHA PESSL: "When the daughter of a cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman's death."
DRACULA BY BRAM STOKER: "A dreary castle, blood-thirsty vampires, open graves at midnight, and other Gothic touches fill this chilling tale about a young Englishman's confrontation with the evil Count Dracula. A horror romance as deathless as any vampire, the blood-curdling tale still continues to hold readers spellbound a century later."
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES BY KAMI GARCIA AND MARGARET STOHL: "In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday."
WUTHERING HEIGHTS BY EMILY BRONTE: "Forced by a storm to spend the night at the home of Heathcliff, Mr. Lockwood uncovers a tale of terror and hatred on the Yorkshire moors."
THIS DARK ENDEAVOR BY KENNETH OPPEL: "Victor and Konrad Frankenstein are inseparable twin brothers who stumble upon The Dark Library, where secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are housed, but after their father forbids them to ever return to the library Konrad falls gravely ill and Victor seeks out a cure for his brother beyond traditional medicine."
REBECCA BY DAPHNE DU MAURIER: "A timid young girl marries a widower, only to find her new home haunted by the memory of Rebecca, his first wife."
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN BY RANSOM RIGGS: "Sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined and may also still be alive."
THE WOMAN IN WHITE BY WILKIE COLLINS: "Marian and her sister Laura live a quiet life under their uncle's guardianship until Laura's marriage to Sir Percival Glyde. Sir Percival is a man of many secrets. Hence, Marian and the girls' drawing master, Walter, have to turn detective in order to work out what is going on, and to protect Laura from a fatal plot."
IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS BY CAT WINTER: "In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns."